Infertility Fast Facts
Couples approximately in the United States, or 10 percent of all couples of childbearing age, have difficulty conceiving.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects many women of reproductive age and is the most common cause of female infertility. Typically, the ovaries are enlarged and contain many small cysts, but this is not always the case. Polycystic ovaries seen on an ultrasound are not enough for a PCOS determination. For a doctor to diagnose PCOS, a woman must also have irregular menses or an excess of male hormones circulating in the body.
Symptoms of PCOS include:
If you are having irregular menstrual cycles, increased facial and body hair growth, and/or severe acne, make sure to follow up with your doctor. Early treatment of PCOS can help to decrease long-term health risks such as: Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, endometrial cancer, and stroke.